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For me retirement after the first 6 months has been great, I retired at age 60 by my choice. I really had planned to retire a yr. sooner but was talked out of it . My finnancial planner had convinced me that financially I was ok. Two days after I retired I figured out I did not have a foggy idea about investing. Like some of you I did a crash course on where my money was and how long would it last. It took 6 months to convince myself I was not going to go broke.

Now, a yr later I enjoy doing what I want when I want. I do not do any one thing to excess. I love golf but play only when I really want to. We travel, but not to excess and a lot of short trips to places we never had time to go to before retirement. Landscapeing is a great way to enjoy life. I do as much or as little as I like.

If I had the retirement decision to make again I would have retired a year sooner as I originally planned.
One thing I would have done differently: Make myself totally aware of financial position well ahead of actual retirement date. Then I would not have wasted 6 mo. of valuable retirement doing crash course on investments.
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